An Olympic gold medalist will join Phoenix city officials Tuesday as more than 300 cyclists gear up for the annual Phoenix Bike to Work Day.
As part of the three-mile, police-escorted bike ride, cyclists will travel from Park Central Mall to CityScape in downtown Phoenix. They will roll through the historic Willo and Roosevelt neighborhoods along a designated bike lane through the heart of the city.
Mayor Greg Stanton, Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman and Maricopa County Manager Tom Manos are slated to participate.
"This year's turnout of more than 300 bicyclists reflects how many more people are taking their health and air pollution seriously and having fun doing it," said Maricopa County Manager Tom Manos.
The event is presented by Maricopa County with support from the city of Phoenix. It is designed to highlight the benefits of bicycle commuting and is part of Valley Metro Bike Month.
The event is also sponsored by RED Development and CityScape Phoenix, and is part of FitPHX, a city program with the goal of improving health and wellness in the region, and Maricopa County's Clean Air Campaign promoting bicycle commuting and multi-modal travel.
"Bike to Work Day has evolved into one of our most popular health and fitness events. It shows the growing awareness of exercise and the great outdoors in Arizona," said Manos. "This year's turnout of more than 300 bicyclists reflects how many more people are taking their health and air pollution seriously and having fun doing it."
More information about Valley Bike Month activities is available at Valleymetro.org.
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